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Thursday, 3 December 2015
Page: 9920


Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (20:26): Senator Xenophon, the legislation applies in the circumstances that are set out in the bill. It applies to those species of conduct defined by the Australian criminal law and referred to in the bill.

In relation to the Collaery and Witness K matter, I know there has been a lot of public discussion about this lately and I know that you are engaged in that discussion—I saw the Lateline programs last week. I made a statement in this chamber the day after the search warrants were executed two years ago—so if it was 2 December, then today would be the second anniversary of me making that statement—and I refer you to the statement. But, beyond that, I do not think it would be appropriate for me—and I certainly do not intend to—comment on that case.